Surgical guides for dentistry: osteotomy and implants sites preparation using open software and freeware for virtual planning and guides project and production – Presented by Sandro Montecchiani, owner of private dental practice, at the 3D Medical Conference, on January 30-31, 2019, MECC Maastricht, The Netherlands.
3D dental imaging and 3D printing have changed dentists’ job: now we can plan virtually the prosthesis, the implants positioning, we can project guides and models, and finally 3D print such devices, everything starting from a CBCT exam and an intraoral optical scan.
This is a fantastic procedure in particular for implants surgery, because we can be extremely precise and easily avoid any damage to anatomical structures to be respected. For complex cases, where we need to plan a full arch restauration, we could need to perform a bone surface levelling, but doing this by freehand sometimes can’t be as precise as we might need.
At 3D Medical Printing Conference and Expo we’ll present an experience of an advanced treatment: first, we virtually planned the osteotomic reduction; then we’ve generated a guide to perform quickly and easily this step. Afterwards we designed two bone-supported surgical guides on the segmentation of the bone, one for performing the bone levelling, the other for doing the osteotomic holes for a precise implants positioning.
Expensive software is not needed for this procedure, for we can use free CAD software and open software, paying just a small fee for each case, as we’ll show.
What drives you?
The curiosity to experiment with new solutions
What are the three things you would take with you on a deserted island?
A knife, a lighter and a fishing rod !
What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
Surely 3D printing is one of the driving elements. I believe it has great potential that is not yet fully discovered
What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
A great impact, with a simplification of work protocols and a reduction in time and costs
What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
The main obstacles to date have been on one side the need to have a thorough knowledge of the information technology and on the other the costs of the hardware and software needed.
Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
See how it is possible to apply the benefits of new technologies in the everyday dental profession.
New technologies for a better Dentistry!
About Sandro Montecchiani
Sandro Montecchiani, MD
Graduated in Medicine and Surgery at University of Perugia (Perugia, Italy) in 1980.
In 1984 he started as a private Dental practice in Norcia, a small town in central Italy. In Years 1995-1996 he pursued a Master Degree at the University of Chieti in Implantology and Biomaterials.
Since 2012 he approached computer guided surgery and was fascinated by the possibilities it offered. Since then, he used it to plan all implant cases, from simples to the most complex. Sandro has consistently followed the evolution of the software for dental application from Simplant, to the latest Blue Sky Bio.
In 2017-2018 he was asked to perform a seminar on “computer guided implant surgery ” at the University of Perugia, School of Dentistry. This will be replicated also for year 2018-2019.
Sandro is founding member and president of the Digital Dentistry Academy (DDA), an association devoted in disseminating the new opportunities of digitization for dentists, dental technicians, and other professionals connected with this field.